I know it seems a little bit out of the box. But I think that the Broncos can replace their long snapper with the third pick in the draft. Does that seem like a wasted pick to you? Thats not on your list of Denver needs?
Well he happens to be a pretty good Linebacker too. Meet the former Montana long snapper, who has started the last four years as their starting LB as well.
In my research of draft prospects this year, I have found a few that I am interested in. Jordan Tripp is my latest. So I just thought I'd share.
Jordan Tripp, OLB, Montana (HT: 6’2¾" WT: 234 lbs)
This from nfl.com:
"I don't want to sound arrogant, but I believe that I'm the most versatile linebacker in this draft," Tripp told FoxSports.com. "I believe I can run and cover better than any linebacker in this draft."
Tripp also told FoxSports.com that his FCS background has come into play with some analysts: The reason he isn't considered a first-round pick, he said, "is because I didn't play at Alabama or Texas."
Tripp measured 6-foot-2¾ and 234 pounds at last month's NFL Scouting Combine, and impressed scouts with his work at the combine. He had the fastest 20-yard shuttle run (3.96) for a linebacker since A.J. Hawk in 2006. He also was in the top 10 among linebackers in the 40-yard dash (4.67 seconds, ninth-best), three-cone drill (6.89 seconds, fourth-best), vertical jump (37.5 inches, tied for sixth-best) and broad jump (10 feet, ninth-best). Tripp will get another chance to impress the scouts when he does linebacker drills at his March 18 pro day at a California facility. And his scouting report:
STRENGTHS: Possesses broad shoulders, a slim waste and a powerful lower half, looking the part of an NFL linebacker.
Highly instinctive defender.
Seemingly is always around the ball. Recovered 10 fumbles over his career.
Quickly steps up in run support, slipping past would-be blockers to meet backs in the hole.
Tough. Willing to sacrifice his body to take on the double-team and will attempt to build a pile to jam things up for his teammates to make the easy play.
Good lateral agility to avoid and has enough strength and arm-length to shed.
Patient tackler. Breaks down well, waiting for the ballcarrier to commit before latching on for the drag-down tackle.
Good vision and recognition in coverage. Balanced and fluid when dropping back, presenting a surprisingly tough matchup for running backs and tight ends.
Helped himself with a solid week of practice at the Senior Bowl.
WEAKNESSES: Despite his reputation, plays with a little more finesse than physicality. Grabs and swings ballcarriers to the ground, on occasion, rather than accelerating through them.
Loses containment responsibilities by getting too caught up with blockers. Missed all but three games of the 2011 season with a shoulder injury which required season-ending surgery.
COMPARES TO: K.J. Wright, OLB, Seattle Seahawks - Like Wright, Tripp possesses the instincts to play in the middle but his fluidity and length could also see clubs view him as more effective on the perimeter. A selection outside the top 100 is likely, but Tripp could develop into a surprising starter.
Might this small school prospect fit into the Broncos plans?
I also find Indiana WR Cody Latimer interesting. He is described as a possession WR. He ran a 4.4 at his pro day. I think his development and skill set was hindered and hidden at Indiana where the QB play is described as pretty pitiful. Here is a scouting report on him.
Cody Latimer, WR, Indiana (HT: 6'2", 215 lbs)
•Decent size and overall build for a possession receiver.
•Flashes the ability to box out defenders and use his body to create space to win 50-50 balls.
•Has the combination of quick footwork and physical strength necessary to release from press coverage at the line of scrimmage.
•Soft hands—does a nice job catching away from his body and quickly securing the ball to turn upfield.
•A consistent route-runner who seems to have the timing and depth down.
•Shows flashes of ability to make tough catches in traffic.
•When he gets into position, he's capable of going up in traffic and high-pointing the football above defenders.
•Has an impressive catch radius when he's in position and under control.
•Does a decent job adjusting to poorly thrown balls and has plenty of experience in this area due to his work with a crew of wildly inaccurate quarterbacks during his time at Indiana.
•A tenacious blocker and definitely among the best blocking receivers in this draft class.
•Extremely productive in a pass-happy offense and could have put up even more impressive numbers if not for multiple missed opportunities each game due to poor quarterback play.
•Limited speed and overall athleticism, which causes him to struggle to create space between himself and defenders down the field.
•Will strictly be used as a possession receiver at the next level.
•Routes are consistent, but he lacks the quickness and burst to explode out of his breaks and create separation.
•Strong and quick enough to fight through press coverage, but lacks the speed to run away from defenders when he does release from the press at the line.
•Has the ability to make some difficult catches but doesn't always put himself in the best position to make the contested catch.
•Field awareness is lacking against zone coverage; does a poor job adjusting to the defense and the movement of his quarterback to create a target—especially on broken plays when the quarterback leaves the pocket.
•Needs to do a better job of quickly setting his feet and getting into position in jump-ball situations—especially in the red zone; very inconsistent in his body placement, despite possessing the ability to win 50-50 balls against smaller defensive backs.
•Lacks the speed and agility to make plays after the catch—too big and stiff to make guys miss consistently.
•Missed three games due to a hernia in 2011.
•Underwent foot surgery in February, which limited his participation in the combine.
Interesting he is described here as having limited speed. He ran pretty good at his pro day. So maybe he's not as quick with the pads. Or maybe his quickness was underrated. He sounds like a guy that could sit back as the 5th WR and step in next year. He was productive with terrible QB play. So one has to think that his development would flourish in the Denver offense. I like his height and his ability to block, and break away from press man coverage.